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November 07, 2013

Stephens' Analyst Will Slabaugh Named 2013 All-America Rising Star of Wall Street

Stephens Inc. is pleased to announce a member of its equity research team, restaurant analyst Will Slabaugh, has been named by Institutional Investor as a 2013 All-America Rising Star of Wall Street. 

Institutional Investor’s All-America Rising Stars of Wall Street is a selective category for analysts who have been publishing research for less than three years, but who have already attracted the interest of money managers.  In this year’s survey of 650 participants, Mr. Slabaugh was one of 47 analysts to be acknowledged as an industry up-and-comer.  

“Will is an incisive thinker and he outhustles his peers,” said Nik Fisken, EVP and Director of Equity Research at Stephens. “We are delighted and not a bit surprised that he has been singled out as an industry up-and-comer.”

Mr. Slabaugh, 29, notes that as a restaurant analyst, what the market has endured since 2008 has made him more skeptical of what he hears from management teams.  “More importantly, it also made me more aware of relative valuations and the importance of a business’s true free-cash-flow generation capabilities, which I think are often forgotten in the restaurant industry.” 

Mr. Slabaugh is based in Little Rock, AR, and joined Stephens Inc. in 2007 after graduating from the University of Arkansas with a double major in international business and Spanish. He began his career in Stephens’ corporate finance department before moving into equity research. 

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